New beginnings – our new LESNW Board met for the first time last week. Generally this was a time of briefing new members on our current reality as an association and board. At the meeting we had an election process and it was decided that Matt Schmidt will continue as Vice Chair and I will continue as Chair of the Board.
Board Membership – we still have two vacancies on the Board for Independent members. A skills matrix is being assessed but if you have any recommendations for people with legal skills/background we ask that you please contact either Matt or myself.
Relationships – as this is a ‘new era’ it’s an appropriate time to consider the many relationships we have as a board to different bodies and groups. As we shape policies and directions to lead us towards our preferred future, it’s important for us as an association that we are clear about the roles and responsibilities that exist within our professional relationships. For example, as a board we are keen to explore our relationship with the newly formed Principals and Directors (PaD) executive and how we might gain insight and connection with them. One of the very immediate tasks of the new board will be to frame a terms of reference for the LESNW Finance Risk and Audit Committee, which will be shaped and reformed in the coming period.
NSRB – a review by the National School Resourcing Board of funding to approved systems is about to begin. We will have a team of eight as we meet with them to share our thoughts and beliefs around funding models. As funding arrangements for our association are at the center of our responsibility and remit as a board and secretariat, we will be seeking a broad range of skills and experience to make up this team.
Association finances – one of the key roles of the Board is to monitor the financial health of both our association generally and the LESNW secretariat specifically. At the half way mark of the calendar year, both are tracking really well, with the overall association debt profile reducing significantly in the level of ‘high risk’ debts.
Wishing you all every blessing,
LESNW Board Chair